Sept. 14-Present Founder SciBridge Media, Chicago, Illinois
Writing, editing, and consulting on projects. Including writing for a university alumni magazine, contributing to a series of children’s nonfiction books, creating health education materials, developing online strategies, producing custom content and blogs, covering science and medical news, and writing lay language summaries for a major open access science journal.
Jan. ’05-Sept. ’14 Journal of the American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
Senior Staff Writer for the Medical News and Perspectives section. Built an extensive network of contacts and strong knowledge base of health care, basic science, and related policy issues. Specialized in mental health, neuroscience, substance abuse, research integrity, and policy. Reported and wrote meticulously-sourced articles based on data from the scientific literature, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Helped launch and maintain the news@JAMA blog featuring breaking news. Used Twitter for live coverage, reporting, and article promotion. Contributed to journal multimedia, including audio interviews and interactive graphics.
May ’02-Dec. ’04 American Veterinary Medical Association, Schaumburg, Illinois
Reporter. Wrote features, profiles, and breaking news for two scientific journals and an electronic newsletter. Participated in editorial decision-making, and worked closely with graphics and layout staff. Edited some copy and helped proof galleys.
Oct. ’00-March ’02 The Island Packet, Bluffton, South Carolina
Education reporter. Covered a beat that included two colleges, and a 17,000-student public school district with a budget of more than $110 million. Wrote breaking news, and in-depth pieces, often driven by data on local school performance acquired through pursuit of public data.
Sept. ’96-May ’99 Supplemental Biology Instructor, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Taught college level biology in sessions intended to supplement a large lecture-based biology course. Developed lesson plans, teaching aids, and individually tutored students.
Aug. ’96-May ’97 Howard Hughes Program for Undergraduate Education in the Life Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Conducted undergraduate research on the pregnancy hormone relaxin in the laboratory of O.D. Sherwood.
Sept. ’99-Sept. ’00 Northwestern University
MSJ, Medill School of Journalism. Science and health concentration.
Aug. ’95-May ’99 University of Illinois, UIUC
Bachelor of Science in Biology, English Minor. Cumulative GPA: 3.7/4.0
Dec. 6 ’07 Addiction Studies Program for Journalists Award, Sponsored by Wake Forest University School of Medicine and National Families in Action
Received an award for scientifically accurate coverage of addiction.
Association of Health Care Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, Online News Association